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This was made by Baccarat during their Dupont period (approximately 1920s).  Popular lore attributes them paperweights to a Mr. Dupont, who supposedly was the last worker at Baccarat to know the secrets of paperweight making.  These paperweights were sold at a Baccarat retail shop in Paris.  No collector or scholar ever met Mr. Dupont although at least one visited the Baccarat factory and asked to meet with him.  The weights stopped appearing in the shop in 1934.  The last catalog to show this type of paperweight was 1902 although this information is old and later catalogs may have surfaced.  An internal Baccarat document dated 1910 stated that there were no longer any workers who knew how to make paperweights and none had been made in 30 years.  This contradicted their presence in the shop in Paris, so the internal document may have been to pacify management rather than representing the facts.  We know the names of several makers who could have made paperweights during the 1920s.
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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on April 11, 2024, 09:57:13 PM »
A Davenport china plate produced for the banquet 1837 in link below.  They knew how to write a V for the cypher/monogram.  It has a point.

https://www.bonhams.com/auction/22840/lot/124/a-davenport-royal-banqueting-plate-circa-1837/
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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on April 11, 2024, 05:44:55 PM »
I need to look into it more but in the example page I linked only the 'Round Text Hand' has a CAPITAL V written in the way of the bowl and plate.
The other two don't.  And all the examples I can find (not many admittedly) have her V written/inscribed etc with a pointed base.
It's odd.  There's something odd about it.
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Glass / Re: Georgian? Engraved Tumbler Signed To Base.
« Last post by bat20 on April 11, 2024, 03:31:32 PM »
Lovely glass , with all the signs of age you can hope for, congrats .
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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by Ekimp on April 11, 2024, 03:22:13 PM »
Yes, if you look at some of the charts used to teach penmanship, where each letter is shown separately, some of the vs look just like the v on the bowl and plate.

For fun, some Czech and German examples (German at the bottom), although 20th century:

https://typomil.com/2007/01/normalizovane-skolni-pismo/
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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by flying free on April 11, 2024, 02:15:07 PM »
just dashing out but in case I lose it

It could have been taken from something called Round Text hand or Round text alphabet.
https://pennavolans.com/the-family-of-english-round-hands/
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Glass / Re: Info on James Powell Topaz glass - "The Queen Victoria Topaz bowl"
« Last post by Ekimp on April 11, 2024, 01:22:35 PM »
ref the monogram UR v VR

I think they have just copied the v from a cursive script.
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Glass / Re: Thomas Webb souvenir PIG (frigger) from Franco-British Exhibition 1908
« Last post by ahremck on April 11, 2024, 12:47:17 PM »
There is a Thomas Webb facebook group that I am sure would really like to see your lovely pig.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1145350706490631

Ross
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This design has been posted here previously, made by Percival Yates and Vickers for Thomas Dawkins, a musical instrument importer, Rd.lozenge is for 8/7/1859. This is the 4" version and weighs a hefty 1lb. 5oz./600gms., density is around 3gms./cm2.
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Glass / Re: Help w ID / Date Glass Vase maybe Georgian
« Last post by Glassine on April 11, 2024, 06:14:10 AM »
Correction - a comment elsewhere is that Georgian glass often has a yellow tinge.  Another says that it's typically gray.  Depending on the view, this vase can be described both ways.  So I think those comments are not in conflict and in fact point to this being Georgian.

Very open to other thoughts :-)
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